Public Health Insurance—A Stepping Stone For Single-Payer Health Care
There is a method to leftist madness. How do you lure people into a national health care machine? My take on how public health insurance is a stepping stone for single-payer (nationalized) health care is shown below.
First, you tell the country’s populace that health care reform needs to happen or it will never get done. Use hatred and fear to convince the uninformed citizenry that they urgently need health care reform and they need it now. Tell them that rich, greedy health care industrialists will continue to make money off of the misery of others, drive costs up and cause health care providers to go out of business. Inform them that if health care reform doesn’t get done, there will be even more uninsured people, health care costs will go up and the quality of care will go down. Point out that if that happens, life expectancy will decrease and there will be more people who will die because of the deterioration of the health care system. Constantly blame health care reform opponents and political opponents, past and present, for causing the problem and making it worse. Use workers’ unions and community organizing groups to spread propaganda about the so-called benefits of public health insurance programs and to circulate petitions on behalf of those who want health care reform to take place. Play on people’s emotions by stating that if they don’t want health care reform to take place, they are being selfish and uncaring because they don’t want to help those who do not have any health insurance and that needless deaths will be avoided if they agree to at least some aspects of health care reform. Stress on the needs of the “community” over the needs of the individual and the willingness to sacrifice for the “greater good”. Talk about the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing every American’s pursuit of life, liberty and happiness; therefore, what that means is that it is a constitutional “right” to have health care and that the government is responsible to satisfy the desires of the people or “community” by making sure that there is provision for quality health care.
Second, assure people that they will have a choice to either keep the insurance they have or buy into public health coverage. Claim that freedom of choice is the American way and that the Founding Fathers encouraged Americans to exercise their freedom to choose. Enforce the idea that the United States exists because of the exercise of the right to choose and that changing the country’s health care system means that Americans are choosing to progress as a nation and a world leader in affordable quality health care. Emphatically deny that public health coverage will not result in nationalized health care and that all of the naysayers are just using fear of government control to foment more health care reform opposition. Tell the people that health care reform opponents have no ideas, just empty rhetoric and the same old tired and worn-out ideas. Make it appear that opponents don’t want any kind of health care reform at all.
Third, if health care reform takes place, ensure that public health care costs are much lower than private health care costs, even if it means that the government loses money for a couple of years as a result. Blame private sector health care insurers and providers for the loss of money and for higher taxes to cover the loss. Using several prominent health care providers, renowned economists and specifically-selected patients who utilize public health care, promote public health insurance and health care as being far superior to private health insurance and health care. Cite “official” statistics and polls that show the need for further health care reform.Slowly and gradually require employers to make public health coverage available to all employees under the threat of sanctions and fines. Use workers’ unions and community organizing groups to intimidate employers into buying public health insurance programs and to incite public outrage. Impose more regulations and restrictions on the private health care sector to the point where they will have to buy into the public health care system. As soon as every employer offers public health insurance, this will mark the end of private health insurance coverage and private health care. Then you will have nationalized health care and by that time, it will be too late to turn back. After which people’s suffering in one form or another will go on for decades to come.